Awakening - Transformation, agency and virtue from three contemporary philosophical inspirations: Bhaskar, Segal and Slote

For some, 'transformation' is the new non-reductive and non-normative 'development', attracting attention from interdisciplinary array, but of particular theoretical and practical interest to Spirituality scholars. In philosophical context, transformation theory has suffered grea...

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Published in: Hervormde teologiese studies Vol. 71; no. 1; pp. 1 - 10
Main Author: Schreiber, Dudley
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Portuguese
Afrikaans
Published: Pretoria AOSIS (Pty) Ltd 01-01-2015
African Online Scientific Information Systems (Pty) Ltd t/a AOSIS
Reformed Theological College of the Netherdutch Reformed Church of Africa at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Pretoria and Society for Practical Theology in South Africa
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Summary: For some, 'transformation' is the new non-reductive and non-normative 'development', attracting attention from interdisciplinary array, but of particular theoretical and practical interest to Spirituality scholars. In philosophical context, transformation theory has suffered greatly from 'agency-structure' dualism and suspension of ontology in body-mind dualism and rationalist virtue controversy. Drawing on the work of Bhaskar, Segal and Slote, a renegotiated and more meaningful sense of transformation emerges from their cumulative analytical and conceptual enrichment. In the complexity of possible relations between self, self-concept and society, lies the traditionally neglected transformative middle of sui-generis human depth. In redress, arguably, Bhaskar's meta-philosophy accommodates Segal's experiential depth analysis and Slote's understanding of empathy and receptivity as valuable insights for 'awakening' to transformative process.
ISSN: 0259-9422
2072-8050
2072-8050
DOI: 10.4102/hts.v71i1.2974